152 W. 44th St.,
Phone: (212) 921-9494
Sure, the Times Square location of this popular BBQ spot might make you a little worried. (It certainly warrants pause.) But, if you can fight your way past the tourists, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. A lot of barbecue in these parts can taste like it’s slathered in sauce and thrown on the grill. Not here. This is deeply smoky barbecue, just like the kind you’d find proudly served down south. And Virgil’s is owned by Artie Cutler, founder of Carmine’s (you know, that Italian place in Times Square that gives you those monstrous portions fit for kings), so you know you won’t be leaving hungry. The beef brisket is by far the shining star on the menu. Be sure to order it with a side of coleslaw (the traditional pairing for brisket) and some collard greens with ham hock. All the sides are made from scratch, so you can’t go wrong whatever you choose. The Carolina pulled pork sandwich is also great, but make sure to add cheddar cheese on top (the combination of cheese and the BBQ sauce should be illegal it’s so good). Trust the tourists on this one. It doesn’t disappoint.